No Given or Ireland returns for Republic

Goalkeeper Given - on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa - retired from the international scene after UEFA Euro 2012, but has been touted for a return, while Stoke City midfielder Ireland has not featured since he controversially withdrew from the squad to face Czech Republic in September 2007.

O'Neill has spoken to the pair and is planning to meet Ireland in person in the near future, though neither has been named in the provisional 29-man squad - the first O'Neill has chosen as manager - for the friendly encounter with Serbia at the Aviva Stadium on March 5.

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